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Very awesome, although I honestly think that they will put a twin turbo V8 based on the R8/RS4 engine in it instead pushing 450-500 HP. They could then put that in the new RS4, and next gen R8. A TT V10 seems too heavy to be placed in that car, although it could probably push up to 650 HP with an aftermarket chip. That would be one hell of a powerful car.
 

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On another note, the car looks MUCH better with the RS4 style exhaust instead of the tiny quad pipes on the S5. Are the tips connected to the exhaust on the S5, or is it possible to take em off and swap them with an RS4 style tip? Also, it looks like the car has adjustable headrest, must be seats from the R8.
 

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Also, it looks like the car has adjustable headrest, must be seats from the R8.
Good catch about the headrests. That's what A5 seats look like. I have serious doubts that this is an actual test mule. I have a sneaking suspicsion that this is just a pic of an A5 with mods. I mean look at the ride height for crying out loud ... the wheel arch gap is pretty large. I think someone is just trying to get people all worked up about the RS5. Nice try, but I'm not buying it.

Need I remind you guys of this post? :) http://www.a5oc.com/forums/showthread.php/s5-a5-question-931/index.html?t=931
 

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Nice try, but I'm not buying it.
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Those are the bog-standard poverty-pack wheels and tyres from an A5 too. If there really was a monster engine under that hood, you'd need some serious rubber to get the power down. Yeah, I know it's in the snow and narrow is supposed to be better in the snow, but c'mon :)
 

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It also has American headlights. Wouldnt a test mule for cold weather be European based and have Euro lights?

edit: see comments below for correction and perhaps more confusion.
 

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yep, theres no way that's an RS5. Just because it's got exhausts on it? give me a break.

I'd even go as far to say that those exhausts have been photoshopped on.
 

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It also has American headlights. Wouldnt a test mule for cold weather be European based and have Euro lights?

Plus there is no front plate which also suggests US based car.
I see Euro headlights......:confused:
 

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I see Euro headlights......:confused:

I do see what you mean about the US model though as a bit of digging shows your orange bit at the edges. However, the S5 UK models have clear light clusters.

eg: http://www.a5oc.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=108&d=1188978085 or
http://www.a5oc.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=108&d=1188978085

I just checked my own to make sure and they are totally clear with lights on or off.

A bit more digging appears to show that the early models had the orange band in the light cluster but the later models were clear. Here is an early model
http://www.a5oc.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=223&d=1191966384
With that one you can see the orange band.

So, my guess (and it is only a guess) is that the band is an earlier light cluster. Remember the earlier models didnt dim the LEDs on indicating either. That change came around september time.
 

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I do see what you mean about the US model though as a bit of digging shows your orange bit at the edges. However, the S5 UK models have clear light clusters.

eg: http://www.a5oc.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=108&d=1188978085 or
http://www.a5oc.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=108&d=1188978085

I just checked my own to make sure and they are totally clear with lights on or off.

A bit more digging appears to show that the early models had the orange band in the light cluster but the later models were clear. Here is an early model
http://www.a5oc.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=223&d=1191966384
With that one you can see the orange band.

So, my guess (and it is only a guess) is that the band is an earlier light cluster. Remember the earlier models didnt dim the LEDs on indicating either. That change came around september time.
No.
 

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It's a puzzling one but remember, the actual body-shell used for developing a drivetrain can be misleading. There are numerous examples of manufacturers plucking a standard (in this case S5) bodyshell off the shelf and using it to clothe what is essentially a mobile engine/drivetrain testbed for a completely different model.

I woudn't get misled by the wheel/tyre and ride-height issue - I would think that new model development is an intensely complex process and making sure you have road-ready rubber on your RS5 mule so you can rag the *rse out of it probably, although sadly, isn't always a top priority

Any idea when the pics were taken? It's conceivable (although the cars have different platforms) that this is in fact an RS6 develoment car. Or, given the shared platform, an early B8 RS4 mule. Or, an RS5 ;)
 

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More RS5 pics.
Ingolstadt plates and just out side the Audi plant.





Jarod.
 

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I do see what you mean about the US model though as a bit of digging shows your orange bit at the edges. However, the S5 UK models have clear light clusters.

eg: http://www.a5oc.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=108&d=1188978085 or
http://www.a5oc.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=108&d=1188978085

I just checked my own to make sure and they are totally clear with lights on or off.

A bit more digging appears to show that the early models had the orange band in the light cluster but the later models were clear. Here is an early model
http://www.a5oc.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=223&d=1191966384
With that one you can see the orange band.

So, my guess (and it is only a guess) is that the band is an earlier light cluster. Remember the earlier models didnt dim the LEDs on indicating either. That change came around september time.
No, not at all. ALL UK models have the EURO headlights. They DO NOT have the amber side marker.

I've got one of the first A5's to hit the shores, and it has clear markers.


Ess5ive - I think the fact that the car had 18" wheels is enough to conclude that it was NOT an RS5. There HAS to be upgraded brakes on the RS5, and there is no chance in hell they'll fit inside that 18" rim.

I'd stick to some well established sites/mags for looking at concept photos. Most sites are either photoshops, or they have the complete wrong end of the stick. Autobild, by far, is one of the worst.
 

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No, not at all. ALL UK models have the EURO headlights. They DO NOT have the amber side marker.
There are pics of UK S5s with clear lens and some with amber lens (for the indicator strip). Why the difference?
 

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+1
 

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I wrote a response then thought I would take another look at mine as I was sure mine were clear. So, went out and took a look at the front of mine and yes, they are clear. I then crouched down and took another look and as you get lower, the orange band appears.

So, that explains why some pictures appears to have clear lens and others have the orange band. It depends on the angle you take it from.

Whilst it completely makes my previous posts look stupid, at least it clears it up. Thank you.
 

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^^

You're a funny guy...you were simply mistaken, get over it.
 
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